Hey Cowboys Nation, I’m here to treat you with my first 2010 mock draft. I’ve done a decent amount of research and watching and have established, what I believe is a solid draft for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, this can all change as we watch the combine and pro days in the weeks ahead.
Over the next few weeks I will be looking at each of these choices in depth, and will also provide news, combine, and prospect updates in the days leading to the draft. So enjoy this, share your insight, and stay tuned as Dallas Cowboys Nation begins to lead you through this offseason.
G/T Mike Iupati
Why They Take Him: Mike Iupati has been a favorite of the Cowboys Scouts. Impressive at the senior bowl, Iupati has all the intangibles that the Cowboys love on the line. He is powerful, fast, and knowledgeable. If Iupati is available, which I believe he will be, He will prove over time to be a steal at 27.
How He Fits: Iupati would make an immediate impact on this team. With Flo on his way out and Kosier finishing up his contact we are in need of offensive lineman.
FS Morgan Burnett Georgia Tech
Why They Take Him: Burnett is a diverse, capable safety with range to spare. His ability to play either FS or SS makes him ideal for the Cowboys. He is able to play the run, get to the quarterback, and has good coverage skills. All in all he isn't great yet, but has that potential.
How He Fits: With Hamlin on his last leg and Sensabaugh year-to-year, Burnett could be the future franchise safety that the Cowboys have lacked since Darren Woodson prowled the field.
ILB Sean Lee Penn State
Why They Take Him: Sean Lee is a product of a Penn State football team that is known for producing game changing linebackers. This year will prove to be no different. His sprained knee drops his stock but the Cowboys get a steal here if Sean Lee falls this low.
How He Fits: Think Keith Brooking’s mini-me.
WR Jordan Shipley - Compensatory Pick Texas
Why They Take Him: This Texas native has some very good skills. Many experts sense that Shipley can be a Wes Welker type receiver and with Patrick Crayton getting older, and Roy Williams continuing to be a no-show, this could be a big pick.
How He Fits: Slot receiver, possible number two. His role will really be settled in a year or two once we figure out where Ogletree and Crayton land.
CB Patrick Stoudamire Western Illinois
Why They Take Him: An underrated and overlooked cornerback due to the strength of schedule at Western Illinois. However, this guy is aggressive and has a knack for breaking up passes. He is fast and capable, and could really benefit the Cowboys in dime situations and more in the future.
How He Fits: 4th Cornerback to start, but could be the future at this position if Dave Campo can develop him well.
KR/PR LeRoy Vann - Compensatory Pick
Why They Take Him: This is my surprise to most of you. The Cowboys have talked about picking up a game changing returner, well this is your guy. Vann proved during the senior bowl he can play both receiver and cornerback, but he is most known for his electrifying return abilities. This could be a huge upgrade for the Cowboys.
How He Fits: If you like to play odds (Miles Austin, Tony Romo) he could become a great player at multiple positions, but for now we’ll just plug him in as a premier return man.
G/T Zane Beadles - Compensatory Pick Utah
Why They Take Him: They take Zane here because they need some depth at O-line and he is merely the best available. Zane needs some work but with some great linemen on the Cowboys he could find a pretty good mentor among them.
How He Fits: Simply a depth lineman at this point.
DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald - Compensatory Pick Kansas State
Why They Take Him: Fitzgerald isn’t a "pass-rush” specialist. That's good since the Cowboys operate a 3-4. Fitzgerald has good ability, he can use his strength and leverage to disengage blockers and make stops on the line. He would be a good rotational end.
How He Fits: 2nd string DE who could start over time with some development.
DE Ricardo Matthews - Compensatory Pick Cincinnati
Why They Take Him: A 2nd string defensive end that has shown ability to get in the backfield. Leading Cincinnati with 11.5 tackles for a loss, he has some potential but again, he’ll need some development to be a name in the NFL.
How He Fits: Rotational DE.
DT Malcolm Sheppard
Why They Take Him: We are in desperate need of DT depth. A lot of solid names are taken and Jerry loves his razorbacks. Just because Sheppard isn’t a big name doesn’t mean he can’t produce. I have a good feeling about this choice and think that Sheppard is a great target for 3-4 Defensive Tackle.
Where he Fits: Behind Jay Ratliff, No challenge there.
Report: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch Visiting Cowboys
As the 2018 NFL Draft draws closer, teams are beginning to hold their official visits with prospects of their own choosing. The Cowboys have already met with a few different prospects thus far, and they've reportedly added a linebacker to that list this week.
Multiple reports are saying the Cowboys will meet with Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch this week, adding him to the list of 30 potential visits.
BoiseState LB Leighton Vander Esch will be a pre-draft visitor for the #Cowboys. Add him to your list of 30, per Tony Pauline.
Vander Esch is a bit of a controversial prospect in the draft world. As I've stated before, he tested like a freak athletically, and his combine profile alone would put him in the discussion on day one. The problems I have with Vander Esch have nothing to do with his athleticism, however, and everything to do with his actual football-playing ability.
On film, I see a player who struggles to get off blocks and will have trouble finding a home with the Cowboys. Still, I wouldn't mind the Cowboys drafting Vander Esch - that pick cannot come in the first round though.
Vander Esch is a long, rangy, and athletic linebacker who is at his best playing laterally and tracking down plays. As a blitzer, Vander Esch has some rather clear issues. He often runs directly into blocks and is unable to shed at the point of attack. I also don't think he is as instinctual a player as some of the other linebackers in this class, such as BYU's Fred Warner or Alabama's Rashaan Evans.
The way things are looking, however, Vander Esch is going to be a first round pick. And if not, he'll almost certainly be a top 50 pick. I wouldn't be very comfortable taking him at 19, and I'd have to think twice before even taking him at 50 for that matter.
2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.
It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today
With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.
Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.
If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.
Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.
Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.
Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.
Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”
Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.
The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.
That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.
Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.
First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.
DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.
An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.
With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.
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